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ISBN-10: 0465009034
Format: Trade Cloth ISBN-13: 9780465009039
Publication Year: 2009 Author: Joao Magueijo
Language: English ISBN: 9780465009039

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On the night of March 26, 1938, nuclear physicist Ettore Majorana boarded a ship, cash and passport in hand. He was never seen again. In 'A Brilliant Darkness', theoretical physicist Jo�o Magueijo tells the story of Majorana and his research group, "the Via Panisperna Boys," who discovered atomic fission in 1934. As Majorana, the most brilliant of the group, began to realize the implications of what they had found, he became increasingly unstable. Did he commit suicide that night in Palermo? Was he kidnapped? Did he stage his own death? 'A Brilliant Darkness' chronicles Majorana's invaluable contributions to science--including his major discovery, the Majorana neutrino--while revealing the truth behind his fascinating and tragic life.

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ISBN-100465009034
ISBN-139780465009039

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AuthorJoao Magueijo
Number Of Pages304 pages
FormatHardcover
Publication Date2009-11-24
LanguageEnglish
PublisherBasic Books

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Copyright Date2010

Dimensions
Weight18 Oz
Height1.1 In.
Width6.1 In.
Length9.2 In.

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GroupTrade

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LCCN2009-037678
LC Classification NumberQC774
Dewey Decimal539.7092 B
Dewey Edition22

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Publishers Weekly "Part mystery, part biography and part nuclear physics primer…. Magueijo's examination of Majorana…reveals a troubled, confounding man whose disappearance has inspired as many conspiracy theories as the Roswell incident." Library Journal "[Magueijo] could have easily fallen into the jargon of his profession to describe the work of a fellow scientist, but he does not. His clear explanation of Majorana's insight into nuclear physics, often accompanied with drawings and illustrations, will appeal to a wide audience."

Publishers Weekly “Part mystery, part biography and part nuclear physics primer&. Magueijo’s examination of Majorana&reveals a troubled, confounding man whose disappearance has inspired as many conspiracy theories as the Roswell incident.” Library Journal “[Magueijo] could have easily fallen into the jargon of his profession to describe the work of a fellow scientist, but he does not. His clear explanation of Majorana’s insight into nuclear physics, often accompanied with drawings and illustrations, will appeal to a wide audience.” SEEDMagazine.com “ A Brilliant Darkness excavates Majorana’s troubled life, explaining his contributions to physics and uncovering new clues about his peculiar disappearance more than 70 years ago.” Booklist (starred review) “Magueijo explains [Majorana’s] scientific theories in mercifully simple terms. But what simple terms can illuminate a tortured and unstable personality, vulnerable to bouts of depression and prone to antisocial reclusiveness? The complexities of that personality resist assimilation into any of the standard explanations – suicide, kidnapping, flight, monastic retreat – for Majorana’s disappearance. But astounded readers will thank Magueijo for his daring venture into the science and the psyche of a perplexing figure.” New Scientist “ A Brilliant Darkness interweaves explanations of Majorana’s physics with his life story, and the result is an enlightening and strangely gripping journey into the heart of science and the minds of scientists.& This tale is about the journey, not the destination, and a trip through Majorana’s life is a journey well worth taking.” Nature “The latest thesis on the disappearance of physicist Ettore Majorana&reminds us of the Nobel-prizewinning quality of the discoveries he made during his brief career.” Buzz Blog “[A] wonderful telling of the entire Majorana story&. Like a true scientist, Magueijo seems unsatisfied to hear from others what they believed happened to Majorana, so he goes in search of the truth himself&. Magueijo makes the story sound more like a gossip column than a history. Who says physicists can’t stir up human emotion?” Choice “ A Brilliant Darkness is not a traditional biography of Ettore Majorana&. The book offers good descriptions of basic nuclear physics, the positron, and Feynman diagrams. It also covers the physics of neutrinos in some depth.”

Publishers Weekly “Part mystery, part biography and part nuclear physics primer&. Magueijo’s examination of Majorana&reveals a troubled, confounding man whose disappearance has inspired as many conspiracy theories as the Roswell incident.” Library Journal “[Magueijo] could have easily fallen into the jargon of his profession to describe the work of a fellow scientist, but he does not. His clear explanation of Majorana’s insight into nuclear physics, often accompanied with drawings and illustrations, will appeal to a wide audience.” SEEDMagazine.com “ A Brilliant Darkness excavates Majorana’s troubled life, explaining his contributions to physics and uncovering new clues about his peculiar disappearance more than 70 years ago.” Booklist (starred review) “Magueijo explains [Majorana’s] scientific theories in mercifully simple terms. But what simple terms can illuminate a tortured and unstable personality, vulnerable to bouts of depression and prone to antisocial reclusiveness? The complexities of that personality resist assimilation into any of the standard explanations – suicide, kidnapping, flight, monastic retreat – for Majorana’s disappearance. But astounded readers will thank Magueijo for his daring venture into the science and the psyche of a perplexing figure.” New Scientist “ A Brilliant Darkness interweaves explanations of Majorana’s physics with his life story, and the result is an enlightening and strangely gripping journey into the heart of science and the minds of scientists.& This tale is about the journey, not the destination, and a trip through Majorana’s life is a journey well worth taking.” Nature “The latest thesis on the disappearance of physicist Ettore Majorana&reminds us of the Nobel-prizewinning quality of the discoveries he made during his brief career.” Buzz Blog “[A] wonderful telling of the entire Majorana story&. Like a true scientist, Magueijo seems unsatisfied to hear from others what they believed happened to Majorana, so he goes in search of the truth himself&. Magueijo makes the story sound more like a gossip column than a history. Who says physicists can’t stir up human emotion?” Choice “ A Brilliant Darkness is not a traditional biography of Ettore Majorana&. The book offers good descriptions of basic nuclear physics, the positron, and Feynman diagrams. It also covers the physics of neutrinos in some depth.”


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A Brilliant Darkness: The Extraordinary Life and Mysterious Disappearance of Ettore Majorana, the Troubled Genius of the Nuclear Age by Magueijo, Joao

Title: A Brilliant Darkness: The Extraordinary Life and Mysterious Disappearance of Ettore Majorana, the Troubled Genius of the Nuclear Age
Author: Magueijo, Joao
Edition: 1St Edition
ISBN: 0465009034
Condition: Used, very good
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Binding: Hardcover
DustJacket: Has dustjacket
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication Date: 2009

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